Hello folks who think kids are truly inconsiderate since they leave milk and cookies for Santa without ever asking if Santa is lactose intolerant or vegan,

Sometimes, reality is not as exciting as you were expecting it to be. Think about the times when a kid wants to be an astronaut and wish they could ride their spacecraft wherever they want. The reality couldn't be much different, no one told these kids the countless red tape they have to go through, seeking approval from their team before making each decision inside the spacecraft and using a hose with suction to pull away urine and poop, and if they miss their target, well they now have to deal with floating poop.

Similarly, a lot of folks get excited when they lay their eyes for the first time on the black panther of the squirrel world i.e. the exclusive black squirrel. At these times, a lot of people think they found a new species of squirrel, so you let them savor their moment of glory just before bursting their bubble.
Below is what they might have seen.


Eastern gray squirrels are an import from the east coast. How do you tell that? Well it is obvious, they are the only ones wearing a suit on a hot summer day to a startup where every other employee is wearing a hoodie and shorts. Little do they realize that on the west coast only store managers in department stores wear suits to work.

These squirrels do not have a gray fur despite what their name leads you to believe. They have a mix of brown, white and black fur which gives the appearance of a gray fur from a distance. When you look closely, you can tell the individual fur colors apart. Below is an example.


So for a typical gray squirrel, the pigments will produce the black, white and brown colors on the fur.



which makes the squirrel look like this.


But for the black morph of the Eastern Gray squirrel, the gene mutates causing all the pigments to produce a black color in the fur.


which makes the squirrel look like this.


Have you ever seen or held an acorn?


You see like most fathers of the world, they appear super tough on the outside but peel one leathery layer and they are tender on the inside. Below is what it looks like inside one when you open one up.



Now people think squirrels are just savages chewing on anything hard, but that is not always the case. They will very methodically peel out the hard leathery shell of an acorn as seen below.


Once the hard shell is removed they will go all in with the tender seed.

R.I.P potential oak tree.

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